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"A Goal of Justice." Behind a Push for Racial Equity in Arts Funding

Publication date: 
December, 2017

By Mike Scutari for Inside Philanthropy |  This article from Inside Philanthropy predicts the top arts philanthropy trend for 2018 will be institutional funders' intensifying efforts to boost equitable funding and access to the arts. It features perspectives from Justin Laing, who spent 11 years working for the Heinz Endowments as senior program officer for arts & culture, served on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts, and was the chair of its Thought Leader Forum on Racial Equity. He is also a commissioner on Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He is now Managing Partner of Hillombo LLC, a Pittsburgh-based organization founded to "lift black perspectives, negotiate and build alternatives to systemic racism and capitalism, in the memory of our ancestors, for the benefit of black people." Hillombo partners with community development organizations that are "building power by engaging community in planning and strategy," and works with primarily white-led arts organizations on issues of racial equity.


Inside Philanthropy